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Why I like and use the AquaClear 110 (500 by Fluval/Hagen). The most powerful and reliable Hang On Filter I’ve used. I have units that are over 20 years old, still operating. They were on the market as of 1978.
Comes with all the media in the box ready to go. It contains more media then any filter of similar size and the media lasts many months longer the cartridges that other filters have. I like using the original media that comes with the unit but you can change it out for any media you like (expect Filter Floss/Filter Wool as it always threads off and ends up around the shaft and impeller, like fishing line around a boat propeller).
I have never had a motor fail or cook on me, unlike many of the cheaper Hang On brands. Parts are available at a reasonable price.
The AquaClear’s higher flow rates of water flow through and its greater volume of filter media, permit you to keep more fish or larger fish than you can with other brands of similar sized Hang On Filters.
They are a quiet filter if the water is run high in the tank (you will not hear the splashing sound as the water fall back in). If you do choice to run the water higher, you will find it will most likely start flow again without assistance after a power failure but when you run the water high the filter does not put any air in the water by splashing. Use an air pump to ensure that the tank inhabitants have enough oxygen. (I would always recommend that every tank has more than 1 source of air. I have been told many stories of a filter stopping and the tank inhabitants dying to a lack of oxygen). Should you choice to run the water in you tank lower to use the AquaClear to splash and make oxygen in the tank, this is fine but if the power goes off it may not be able to restart the water flowing without your help. If this does happen, it is best to turn the filter of and let the motor cool down before restarting the filter. If the filter will not restart it is not broken or burned out. Take the motor off, then take the impeller out, clean both the impeller and the shaft area (cotton bubs work well). The filter will start easily once the impeller is moving freely.
Anytime you find the unit to be noisy (other than a splashing sound) it needs maintenance immediately. Remember that your filter is running 24 hours a day, parts will wear out. If you hear a clicking type of sound or similar, it is nearly always because the shaft or impeller has worn out. Replace one or both and your filter will be quiet again and run with a faster water flow.
The AquaClear comes with a black leveling part which you push into the base of the filter on the outside of the tank, to make the filter level with the tank wall. If you don’t level the filter it will hand sloping backwards away from the tank and you will have water running out of the filter onto the floor. I try to have the filter sloping forward into the tank, just a little.
What size tank will it filter, well it really depends on the size and number of fish in the tank as to what size tank it can filter correctly. As a guide, 50 to 160 gallon (200 to 650 litres).
AquaClear sale prices are usually higher than similar filters but it is the best value for money you’ll get in a Hang On Filter.
If you are using a tank with wide supports around the top, greater than 2/3’s of an inch (2cm) the filter may not clip over the tank wall. Best to check before you buy.
- 500 gallons (1890L) per hour with clean media.
- AquaClear 110 comes with a 2-year warranty.
- Includes: Large Filter Sponge, Activated Carbon in a bag and Ceramic Rings with a bag. 2 x intake tubes (you can join them together is you wish to take water from closer to the bottom of the tank).
- Made in Italy.